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Session 32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Read: 2 Samuel 23:1-7

David is remembered as Israel’s greatest king, but Scripture is full of reminders that David was far from perfect. His legacy is marred by adultery, murder, and pride. Yet David was called a “man after [God’s] own heart” (Acts 13:22). 

At the end of his life, David looks to a king to come — one that will become the perfect leader. 2 Samuel 23:3-4 predicts the coming of “one who rules righteously” and is like the “gleaming of the sun” (NLT). In other words, David looked forward to a leader of Israel that would truly govern with wisdom, justice, and love. 

When Jesus arrived in Israel, he exemplified that leadership. In Matthew 11:30, Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus was never afraid to pick up a servant’s towel, even if it meant washing his disciples' feet (John 13:5). Jesus was merciful to a woman caught in adultery while instructing her to go and sin no more (John 8:1-11). In fact, He was merciful to sinners all the way up to His last moments on earth (Luke 23:39-43). 

Our hope is always best placed in Jesus.

Many leaders will promise a lot, but Jesus is the only one who can deliver. Our hope is best placed in Jesus, who will always lead us in the right direction. David knew it. How about you? Is your hope in Jesus? 

Reflect:

  • What is one of Jesus’ leadership qualities you can apply to your life? 
  • Who can you share the hope of Jesus with? 
  • Have you come to know the Messiah David was talking about? If you would like to start a relationship with Jesus, you can do it today.

1

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

It’s OK to allow ourselves to grieve

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2

Respecting someone after they hurt you

Respecting someone after they hurt you

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3

When following God, always ask for directions

When following God, always ask for directions

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4

Does God call us to quit?

Does God call us to quit?

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5

Has your anger gone too far?

Has your anger gone too far?

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6

What “they” say doesn’t matter

What “they” say doesn’t matter

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7

Why waiting is worth it

Why waiting is worth it

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8

Why should I ask God what to do?

Why should I ask God what to do?

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9

Sing like no one is listening

Sing like no one is listening

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10

God always has a better plan

God always has a better plan

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11

Why would God choose me?

Why would God choose me?

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12

What is the secret to success?

What is the secret to success?

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13

Come out of the shadows

Come out of the shadows

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14

A life of harmony or hostility

A life of harmony or hostility

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15

What popcorn can teach you about sin

What popcorn can teach you about sin

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16

Did you hear what she did last night?!

Did you hear what she did last night?!

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17

Is God fair?

Is God fair?

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18

The difference between love and lust

The difference between love and lust

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19

Why would I reconcile with God?

Why would I reconcile with God?

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20

Is the work of discipline worth it?

Is the work of discipline worth it?

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21

How do you know who to trust?

How do you know who to trust?

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22

Choose your battles wisely

Choose your battles wisely

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23

How to handle the haters

How to handle the haters

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24

Pride: a fatal flaw

Pride: a fatal flaw

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25

Do you act before you think?

Do you act before you think?

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26

Getting over the grip of grief

Getting over the grip of grief

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27

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

Do for others what Jesus has done for you

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28

Your words can ease the tension

Your words can ease the tension

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29

Is God your last resort?

Is God your last resort?

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30

How do you feel about God?

How do you feel about God?

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31

How to praise God in all circumstances

How to praise God in all circumstances

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32

Waiting for a leader worth following?

Waiting for a leader worth following?

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33

What you need to lead others well

What you need to lead others well

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34

How to fight with God’s strength

How to fight with God’s strength

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35

God’s character revealed

God’s character revealed

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